Secret Handshake Review

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Secret Handshake is a Legendary special shotgun.

This weapon is purchasable from the Vanguard Quartermaster.

9.3/10
8.9/10

The good: Highest RoF, great stability, fast reload speed.

The bad: Lowest Impact, poor base range.

Conclusion: Shot Package + Hammer Forged is a deadly combo.

Read the full review here

This is a Legendary Weapon
Shotgun (Special Weapon)
Arc Base Damage/Upgraded272/331
Quality Lvl60
Rate of Fire
35
Impact
36
Range
11
Stability
37
Reload
48
Magazine Size
6

Aim Assist
71
Equip Speed
77
Recoil Direction
53
Zoom
12

Talent Upgrades Tree (from the vendor)

Arc Damage

This weapon causes Arc damage.

SMART DRIFT CONTROL

Predictable and controllable recoil. Penalty to range

+20 Stability
-15 Range

GRENADIER

Kills with this weapon reduce the cooldown of your grenade.

Upgrade Damage 1

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

FLARED MAGWELL

Reload this weapon even faster.

SHOT PACKAGE

Aiming this weapon reduces the spread of its projectiles.

Upgrade Damage 2

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Upgrade Damage 3

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

ACCURIZED BALLISTICS

More range and Impact. Increased recoil.

+5% Damage
+10 Range
-10 Stability

HAMMER FORGED

Improved range and accuracy.

Upgrade Damage 4

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

AGGRESSIVE BALLISTICS

More predictable recoil. Enhanced Impact. Shorter range and more recoil.

+10% Damage
-5 Range
-5 Stability

HIGH CALIBER ROUNDS

Oversize rounds built to stagger targets and leave them reeling. Their mass makes a weapon harder to handle.

Upgrade Damage 5

Increases Attack Power, resulting in more Damage.

Video Review


Weapon Review

Secret Handshake is a Legendary shotgun that can be purchased for 150 Vanguard Marks and 1 Commendation. It comes standard with excellent perks and decent stats.

The default perks are listed above, click here to see all of its potential perks.

Be sure to check out our other Legendary weapon reviews as well.

Recommended Perks

Accurized Ballistics
This ballistics upgrade provides the best range.

Hammer Forged
This shotgun has a low base range, so it needs all the help it can get.

The Good

Secret Handshake is a rapid firing shotgun, great to use when you know you’re going up against many enemies.

Its rate of fire is the highest possible, tied with Swordbreaker and a few others. If you happen to land the Full Auto perk, you’ll be tearing through enemies faster than they can run at you.

The stability and reload speed is also well above average. It’s base reload speed is 4.5 seconds, and with Flared Magwell, can be decreased to 3.8 seconds!


The Grenadier perk really makes this shotgun viable in PvE. It takes about 7 kills to bring your grenade energy from 0-100% (each kill = 10%). The first encounter in the raid makes good work of this perk, allowing you to take out some enemies with a grenade, and then easily clear out a few more with your shotgun.

Hammer Forged is the clear choice if you want more range, since the base range is low.

Shot Package, arguably the best perk to have on a shotgun, will tighten the spread of your shots which essentially increases the range.

With its 6 round magazine, it’s an excellent choice for PvP, and the Arc damage makes it more viable in PvE.

The Bad

As can be expected with high rate of fire weapons, the Impact suffers. Again tied with Swordbreaker, it’s got the lowest Impact out of the Legendary shotguns.

You’ll still be able to take tier 1 enemies out in 1 shot though, dealing out about 1,500-4,200 damage, depending on where your shots land.
secret handshake pve review
The base range is also well below average. Thankfully this shotgun comes standard with Hammer Forged, and in addition with Accurized Ballistics, it’s much more respectable.

Conclusion

Looking to upgrade your Found Verdict? Don’t have a shotgun with Shot Package? Secret Handshake has excellent perks from the vendor and is worth the Marks to buy it.

Don’t overlook this shotgun even though it’s base range and Impact are low. Hammer Forged and Shot Package do wonders for this weapon.

For PvP this weapon earns a 9.3/10 and for PvE a 8.9/10.

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